Fire at Chile Codelco's Chuquicamata mine, production unaffected

martes 18 de agosto de 2015 12:13 GYT
 

SANTIAGO Aug 18 (Reuters) - World No. 1 copper producer Codelco said on Tuesday that a fire affected part of the installations at its massive Chuquicamata mine, but that it was implementing a contingency plan that would allow it to maintain production levels.

Firefighters have brought the blaze, which broke out Monday evening, under control and are working to put it out completely, Codelco said.

The company added that no one has been injured by the fire.

Chuquicamata, the state-run company's second-largest mine, produced around 340,000 tonnes of copper last year out of Chile's total 5.7 million.

Earlier this month, Codelco temporarily halted operations at Chuquicamata due to strong storms. (Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Matthew Lewis)